ON THE BALL: Wanderers Gabrielle Cook (left) looks to work past Park Avenue's Renee Sweeney in the CQ League match at Kalka Shades on Saturday.
ON THE BALL: Wanderers Gabrielle Cook (left) looks to work past Park Avenue's Renee Sweeney in the CQ League match at Kalka Shades on Saturday. Tamara MacKenzie ROK030617tkhock

Wanderers full of running in win over Parks

HOCKEY: Coach Steven Evans says a focus on fitness is starting to reap rewards for the Wanderers A-grade women, who toppled CQ League leaders Park Avenue Brothers on Saturday.

Kirra-Lee Monkhouse scored a double and Rowlande Williams got on the score sheet once as Wanderers halted Parks' four-game winning streak with a commanding 3-0 victory.

Evans said ball control was a key factor in the success.

"It was a good win. They've slowly been improving over the year, which I think is due to their fitness,” he said.

"We transferred the ball around the back really effectively. I think we made Parks do a lot more running, which gave us good go-forward.

"We probably would have had about 70% of possession. They got a few breakaways, which caused a few issues, but other than that I can't fault our girls at all.”

Evans, who is in his second season as coach, said it was a great team effort and it had the girls primed for a tilt at the top spot.

"Parks were on top of the ladder so to beat them puts us up there now,” he said.

"We definitely want to push for that No.1 spot in the CQ League.”

Parks coach Robert Sweeney said while the team tried hard in most areas, it failed to capitalise on its opportunities.

"We'll go back and do some hard work at training and hope for a better performance when we meet Souths in our next fixture,” he said.

"We've had two good wins against them so hopefully we can get back into the swing of things then.”

Sweeney said Jordyn Watson worked tirelessly in defence, while young duo Ebony O'Brien and Cassidy Knuth toiled hard up front.

RESULTS

A1 men: Park Avenue Brothers 5 (K. Williams 3, S. Price, J. Burns) def Sparks 0, Meteors 2 (J. Wilson, W. Chapman) drew with Frenchville Rovers 2 (T. Byrne 2), Wanderers and Souths game to be played on June 18

A1 women: Meteors 3 (T. Jenkinson, B. Hansen, S. Hopwood) def Glad Souths 0, Wanderers 3 (K. Monkhouse 2, R. Williams) def Park Avenue Brothers 0, Southern Suburbs 4 (S. Bouna, A. Buckley, M. Dobbs, A. Farrow) def Frenchville Rovers 2 (M. Brighton 2). Game from 01.07.17: Wanderers 7 (R. Williams 3, L. Willie 2, D. Wilson, G. Cook) def Glad Souths 1 (B. Hale)



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